Homemade Barbecue Sauce | No Sugar Added | DIY BBQ SAUCE

Homemade Barbecue Sauce | No Sugar Added

Homemade BBQ Sauce | Homemade Barbecue Sauce
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There are some really good barbecue sauces on the market, but honestly, none of them can beat a homemade barbecue sauce. One of the best things about making your own sauce is that you probably already have the ingredients in the pantry!

I made this homemade barbecue sauce, especially for ribs. I was making some slow cooker ribs, and I wanted a sauce that could really make these ribs shine!

Cooking Ribs Low and Slow

I decided that cooking them in barbecue sauce in the slow cooker was the best idea. The slow cooker is a perfect way to cook meat low and slow and get the meat tender, tasty, and falling off the bone, just how I was craving. Check out my barbecue ribs slow cooker recipe.

Thinking about how much barbecue sauce I would have to buy, I thought it would be much cheaper to just make my own. It turns out it is pretty simple to do. My boys love this barbecue sauce. I made extra to put into a bottle so we could use it on other foods too!

Homemade Barbecue Sauce | No Sugar Added

Many brands add extra sugar in barbecue sauce. I didn’t feel like it was necessary. It’s super tasty without it. It’s not like we need any more sugar in our diet anyhow right?

Homemade BBQ Sauce | Homemade Barbecue Sauce

Homemade Barbecue Sauce | DIY BBQ Sauce

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

You can double or triple the recipe as you see fit. Taste it as you go, and add anything you feel it needs


  • 1 ½ Cups ketchup
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1½ tsp liquid smoke
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp celery salt
  • ½ tsp salt
  • hot sauce * optional


  1. Place ingredients in a medium saucepan, and stir well.
  2. Cook over medium-high heat until bubbling.
  3. Simmer on low for 15 -20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened up a bit.
  4. This sauce should last about a week. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 31Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 406mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 0gSugar 6gProtein 0g

For the most accurate nutritional information, you should calculate the nutritional value of each ingredient yourself. These calculations are provided by a third party and are not expected to be exact. You are solely responsible for ensuring the nutritional information you use is accurate.

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How Long Will Homemade Barbecue Sauce Last?

This BBQ sauce will last about a week in the fridge. Store-bought sauces are pasteurized, and that’s one reason that they last a bit longer. However, if you want to make a recipe that will last longer, check out this canning recipe. Unopened these canned BBQ sauces should last 4-6 months.

Open jars of homemade barbecue sauce (no matter what recipe you use) should be refrigerated. The shelf life will be extended for a while longer this way.

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4 thoughts on “Homemade Barbecue Sauce | No Sugar Added”

  1. I had no idea how easy it was to make barbecue sauce. We literally had all the ingredients. I didn’t even have to make a trip to the store, which was great because I ran out of BBQ sauce while prepping! Thanks!

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